News Release

Responding to the Need for Exhibition Space
March 17, 2015

AOE Arts Council offers a new gallery season of opportunities

(Ottawa, Ontario) Twelve local artists will share their work with the public as part of AOE Arts Council’s 2015-16 gallery season.  Since its arrival at the Shenkman Arts Centre in 2009, the Arts Council continues to offer its suite as a unique exhibiting space for artists. The new season of works demonstrate a range of art practice and mediums representative of AOE Arts Council’s visual arts membership.

Ever responsive to the needs of Ottawa artists, AOE Arts Council is constantly hearing that there are just not enough exhibiting spaces for artists.

“We heard this very clear once again in our recent survey and consultations with the arts community as part of AOE Arts Council’s strategic planning process,” says Victoria Steele, Executive Director of the Arts Council. “Established and emerging artists have to work hard at getting exhibition opportunities and that is why the AOE Gallery and our annual fall Selections exhibit in the Trinity Art Gallery are so crucial.”

The exhibits and afternoons to meet the artists are presented by longstanding community partner Caisse populaire Trillium Desjardins, who is a proud supporter of the arts in Ottawa.
“Arts and culture contribute to the emergence of new talent and stimulate creativity. We strongly believe that our implications in cultural events contribute to the vitality of our community,” says Lise Malette, Associative Affairs Agent, Caisse populaire Trillium Desjardins.

The AOE Gallery is recognized as one of the Shenkman Arts Centre seven exhibition spaces and is run like a professional gallery with a jury of professional artists and gallery curators to review and select the submissions. Works are arranged carefully with the show’s theme by a professional artist and promoted with high quality materials and online campaigns.

“We take great care to preserve the flow and visual storytelling within each show,” says AOE Arts Council’s Program Manager, Cassandra Olsthoorn. “We want visitors to experience the works as the artist has intended.”

Each exhibit features an opportunity to meet the artist(s) with a vernissage, held on select Sundays as part of the Shenkman Arts Centre’s visual arts showcase called the Beau’s Art series.
The AOE Gallery is a favourable venue for artists because it offers flexible space with plenty of natural light, good sight lines and hanging spaces that can accommodate 2-D and 3-D works of large to small scale.

On Show at the AOE Gallery for 2015-16

About the AOE Gallery
Maintained by AOE Arts Council, this unique exhibition space provides local artists with opportunities to share and sell their work. The AOE Gallery features a variety of visual art by individual and group members. Members of the public are invited to see a variety of visual art exhibits during the year, from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. on select Sundays to meet the artists. The gallery is located inside the Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Blvd., where parking and admission are free.  

About AOE Arts Council

AOE Arts Council has been serving the arts community since 1987. As a bilingual not-for-profit charitable organization, the Arts Council represents a membership of artists, arts organizations and supporters in all arts disciplines. The Arts Council creates opportunities for artists to share and sell their work, provides resources and services to its membership, organizes professional development activities and is a leader and arts collaborator on city-wide arts initiatives.

About Beau’s Art

Beau’s Art is an invitation to satisfy your curiosity and enjoy casual conversations with featured artists. This ongoing series takes place on select Sunday afternoons, when up to seven galleries simultaneously introduce new exhibits. In this informal setting you can relax, enjoy a sampling of Beau’s beer and find out what motivated the artist, how they created their work and discover their unique vision. Participating exhibition spaces may include: Ottawa School of Art Orléans Campus Gallery, AOE Gallery, Gloucester Pottery School – Dust Evans Gallery, LaLande + Doyle Exhibition Space, ARTeast Promenade, and Trinity Art Gallery. Admission, light refreshments and parking are free. All ages welcome.

For more information:  
Cassandra Olsthoorn, Program Manager
AOE Arts Council

For media inquiries:
Cristiane Doherty, Director of Communications
AOE Arts Council